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Keaton's Silent Shorts Beyond the Laughter S

by Gabriella Oldham

  • ISBN: 9780809319510
  • ISBN10: 0809319519

Keaton's Silent Shorts Beyond the Laughter S

by Gabriella Oldham

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780809319510
  • ISBN10: 0809319519
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Description: This study of Buster Keaton's nineteen silent short films shot between 1920 and 1923 provides the first book-length examination of the independent silent short films of one of the acknowledged kings of comedy. Hardly a neglected artist, Keaton attracts biographers and film scholars capable of incisive comment on his work. He continues to draw the serious attention of both popular writers and scholars because as a comic genius and major comedy filmmaker during the silent age he rivals Charlie Chaplin. Yet writers have focused on the full-length films from 1923 to 1928, when Keaton joined MGM, lost his creative freedom, and began a glide toward oblivion that lasted until his rediscovery in the late 1950s. Filling a major gap in the critical canon, Gabriella Oldham's study chronicles the rapid growth in the filmmaker's understanding of what makes both comedy and film successful. Keaton developed his major themes in these nineteen short films: his persona "Buster" vs. Rival, Nature, Machine, Self, and Fate; his resilient pursuit of love and the efforts he makes to overcome any curves thrown by Fate; and his trademark "stone face" blocking any display of the passionate emotion he feels about everything he does. These short films clearly indicate Keaton's love of the camera and his concern for composition, symmetry, and images that delight the eye and startle the mind. Oldham reconstructs each of these rarely seen films in such a way as to enable the reader to "watch" Keaton's performance, devoting a separate chapter to each. She analyzes each film's strengths, weaknesses, and prevalent themes and threads. She also enables readers to plumb the depths of what seems to be surface comedy throughphilosophical, biographical, historical, and critical commentary, thus linking the shorts together into a cohesive study of Keaton's growth through his three-year independent venture as a filmmaker.
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